1. Some black cats carry a red color gene, causing them to appear "rusty" in the sunlight.
2. Egyptians believed they would please their cat goddess Bastet by having black cats in their homes. They hoped she would then bring them riches.
3. Charles I of England had a beloved black cat. When it passed away, he believed his luck was gone. The next day, he was arrested.
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Dora the black cat is comfortable in a Halloween setting with pumpkins. Humane societies report that black cats are less likely to be adopted than other cats.
4. Black cats have been shown to be more resistant to disease than other cats because they have evolved separately over time.
5. The first world-famous cartoon character was a black cat. Felix the Cat premiered in 1919.
6. There are songs titled "Black Cat" by artists such as U2, Janet Jackson and Mayday Parade.
7. The richest cat in the world is a black cat from Italy who was left with the $13 million fortune of her owner.
Black cats have a lower chance of being adopted due to superstition and negative connotations. Give them a chance! Presented by the Lakeshore Humane Society. Visit www.lakeshorehumanesociety.org or www.facebook.com/lakeshore.humane for more information and to find out about adoption.
Compiled by Jayde Dickenson, SUNY Fredonia intern at Lakeshore Humane Society.